DURHAM, NC (January 20, 2014) – Mark Dolan was elected president of the National Press Photographers Association this weekend during the organization's board of directors meeting at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Dolan, who became NPPA's vice president in April 2013 during a special election after Todd Maisel resigned, is an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts in Carbondale, IL. He has a master's degree from Syracuse University and more than 25 years of visual and multimedia journalist experience as a staff photographer, picture editor, and director of photography at newspapers in Florida, Alaska, and Rhode Island. In 2013, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale's NPPA Student Chapter was named the Outstanding Chapter of the year.
"I'm very honored to have this position and excited about the possibilities for our organization," Dolan told News Photographer magazine today. “The meeting was very high energy with a lot of enthusiasm by all of the participants. Everyone left the meeting recharged about NPPA, and about what we can accomplish to better serve our members and the photojournalism community at large."
Dolan said he and the board were also glad to have NPPA's new executive director, Chip Deale, at the meeting.
"Chip brought to the board a sense of stability and association management that everyone appreciated. He offered advice, but it was also noticeable that he was absorbing as much as he could about our organization and learning more about NPPA and our membership," Dolan said. Deale started his new post at NPPA only a week ago.
(At left: Chip Deale, NPPA's new executive director, addressed the board of directors during their business meeting this weekend at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens. Photograph by Sean D. Elliot)
Outgoing NPPA president Mike Borland, of WHO-TV in Des Moines, said that he believes NPPA – with a new executive director in addition to some new board members – is poised to leap forward in 2014.
"It was an honor to serve as president for the last year," Borland said. "From that standpoint, I'm disappointed to have lost the election. But I'm happy the board had a choice for president. I don't like the message sent by unopposed elections, so I applaud Mark for running. I wish him the best this year."
The board also elected Scott Mc Kiernan as vice president and Michael P. King was re-elected as national secretary. Jim Michalowski returns as the national treasurer.
During the two-day meeting the panel approved an interim budget for fiscal year 2014 that totaled $1.478 million, including a donation to the PLUS Coalition using Authors Coalition of America funds which are provided to NPPA. PLUS (www.useplus.com) is the Picture Licensing Universal System that provides an infrastructure for defining and categorizing image use around the world, from granting and acquiring licenses to tracking and managing images.
The board also formed a new Social Media Committee that will be chaired by board member Bethany Swain. Board members Katie Schoolov and Brad Pfranger will serve on the committee, along with NPPA's general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher.
During the business meeting the board also passed a resolution that clarifies the ability of NPPA's president to appoint interim Regional chairs and Associate Regional chairs when vacancies arise. And the board heard annual reports from Terry Eiler regarding NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests, Michelle McLoughlin on NPPA's Northern Short Course, Mickey Osterreicher and Alicia Calzada about NPPA’s Advocacy efforts, and News Photographer magazine editor Donald R. Winslow.
Over the weekend all board members participated in two hours of small group work, brainstorming on topics such as NPPA's Advocacy, training and education, member engagement, and the organization's governance and operations. New board members John Harrington, Schoolov, and Pfranger attended their first board meeting in person, and newly-appointed NPPA student delegate to the board Nick Gonzales of Western Washington University attended his first session.
Due to elected board member Scott Mc Kiernan being elected as NPPA's vice president, his elected board seat is vacated. According to NPPA's Bylaws, the vacated seat goes to the last election's first runner-up. That candidate was photojournalist John R. Fulton Jr. of Spring Lake, MI, a newspaper and magazine photographer who most recently was the photography director for Boys' Life Magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. His board seat continues until December 31, 2015, and he will be sworn in during the next board meeting. Follow him on Twitter at @fultonjr.
When the board meeting ended, it marked the end of more than nine years on the NPPA Executive Committee for immediate past president Sean D. Elliot, who has served the organization in multiple capacities, including as the organization's president and national secretary. In total, Elliot has served more than 13 years on NPPA's board.
"Your leadership has seen NPPA through some trying and amazing times and we are all better for knowing you," NPPA past president Alicia Wagner Calzada said. "Also your wife is incredibly patient! Thank you so much for all you have done for photographers."
The board meeting was hosted at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication by the school's senior lecturer of photojournalism, Mark E. Johnson, who facilitated the board's visit to the University of Georgia.
The board of directors plan to meet again on March 5, 2014, by conference call.
For more information on the board's business meeting, or for questions, contact NPPA national secretary King at [email protected].
(Below: NPPA's board of directors met at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.Photograph by Sean D. Elliot)